Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A literary evening on ZSIGMOND JUSTH (1863–1894) moderated by Dr. Margit Köves

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Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre cordially invites you for a literary evening on ZSIGMOND JUSTH (1863–1894) moderated by Dr. Margit Köves with the participation of students of Hungarian language. The literary evening will take place on Friday, 7th February at 6:00 p.m. Please find attached the invitation for the same and we look forward to your kind presence at the programme.
Regards,
HARLEEN AHLUWALIA
Hungarian Information  & Cultural Centre
New Delhi 







FOOD SAFETY AND STANDARDS ACT DATE DEFERRED

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FOOD SAFETY AND STANDARDS ACT DATE DEFERRED BY UNION GOVT BIG RELIEF TO 6 CRORE TRADERS AND CITIZENS IN GENERAL CAIT HAILS THE DEFERMENT BUT FIGHT WILL CONTINUE
While accepting the demand of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), apex body of the trading community of the Country, the Union Health Minister Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad has deferred the last date of obtaining Registration under the Food Safety and Standards Act till 4th August, 2014. The earlier last date was 4th Feburary,2014 The FSSAI has issued a notification to this extent yesterday-informed CAIT in a Press Release issued at New Delhi today. It is noteworthy that CAIT was strongly lobbying for deferment of the Act since last more than two months on account of many impracticable provisions of the said Act. The CAIT alleged that the Act has been brought to facilitate MNCs to control and dominate the food business in India.
Welcoming the decision, CAIT National President Shri B. C. Bhartia and Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal in a joint statement issued here today complimented Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad for taking cognizance of the sufferings and plight of the trading community and therefore has deferred the Act. The CAIT also lauded the efforts of Union Law Minister Mr. Kapil Sibal, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Smt.Sushma Swaraj, Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, Chairman, Public Accounts Committee of Lok Sabha for taking up the trader’s issue with the Union Health Minister which has brought much relief to the trading community across the Country.
Both Mr. Bhartia and Mr. Khandelwal said that though certainly it is a big relief to traders and citizens of the Country but CAIT will continue its fight since the Act is suffered with various anomalies and disparities. The trade leaders called upon Mr. Azad to defer the Act and constitute a Joint Committee of Senior Government Officials and CAIT representatives to make an in depth study of the Act and its Rules and Regulations and to recommend the Government necessary amendments to make the Act universally accepted by all sections of the society. They informed that during a meeting with CAIT delegation on 14th January,2014, Mr. Azad did accept this proposal of the CAIT. The CAIT is holding an All India Traders Convention on 27th and 28th Feburary,2014 at New Delhi where the future strategy of a nationwide campaign on this issue will be decided.
Both Mr. Bhartia and Mr. Khandelwal said that since last more than two years, the trading community is bitterly opposing the Rules and Regulations of the said Act since the Act and its rules have been framed in keeping the interest of foreign companies which will promote ‘packed food’ in the Country and will prove much detrimental to the interests of existing food business in the Country. There are many provisions which are impossible for the domestic food business operators in the Country.
Mr. Mahendra Shah, Chairman of the CAIT said that under the Act it is provided that any such food business operator which means any institution which either with a profit motive or not , whether public or private engaged in the activities of any type of food including manufacturing, processing, packaging, storage, transportation, import, distribution of food articles or any type of food service will be treated as food business operators and are bound to obtain registration and license from the concerned department.
Both trade leaders said that under the provisions of the Act not only the person engaged in food business or even in any social functions  where any kind of food articles are served will be required to obtain registration. They said that which means that even the ‘prasad’ in temple or ‘lunger’ in Gurudwara, Wedding functions or social functions like Conferences and Seminars, hawkers, street vendors etc. are also liable to obtain registration and even a minor lapse will led such people for heavy punishment including fine and imprisonment.






Urge the U.S. delegation to take a stand for equality at the Sochi Olympic Games.

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Dear Naresh:
As a gay Olympian, I believe that the best response to mounting repression in  Russia is engagement. The Sochi Winter Olympic Games is an opportunity to  champion equality and human rights.
That’s why I will be at Sochi this week, working with Human Rights First to  support Russians who oppose the government’s assault on LGBT rights.
President Obama took a stand for equality by naming a diverse delegation to  Sochi, an unmistakable response to the horrifying anti-LGBT “propaganda” bill  that President Vladimir Putin signed in June. Of the nine people on the  delegation, three are openly gay or lesbian Olympians.
Urge the U.S. delegation to stand for equality by  calling for the repeal of Russia’s antigay law.
The presence of LGBT members in the U.S. delegation—tennis legend Billie Jean  King, skating gold medalist Brian Boitano, and women’s hockey team gold medalist  Caitlin Cahow—clearly demonstrates that the United States celebrates diversity.  Now the entire delegation, gay and straight, has the opportunity to show that  and stand up against Russia’s crackdown on the LGBT community.
Today, so do you.
Urge the U.S. delegation to take a stand for equality  at the Sochi Olympic Games.
Our interest in LGBT rights in Russia must go beyond Sochi. Millions of  Russians, including many beyond the LGBT community, oppose Russia’s return to  authoritarianism. After the Olympic torch leaves Sochi, these Russians will  still be there, fighting for the right to live and love openly. Please join us  in standing with them.
Sincerely,
David Pichler
U.S. Olympian
Human Rights First
P.S.: Many of you will watch the Sochi Olympics games from your home.  Stand for equality by donating to Human Rights First and getting a free “Sochi. Equality.” knit hat.






ET Now is launching ICICI Lombard India Risk Manager Awards

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February 5, 2014
Mr. N. K. Sagar
Vice President
Enkay Sagar Holding Pvt. Ltd.
New Delhi
Dear Mr. Sagar,
I am pleased to announce that ET Now is launching ICICI Lombard India Risk Manager Awards and FICCI is supporting them as their Knowledge Partner.
Over the last four years, ET Now has been a frontrunner in devising innovative programming with path breaking television initiatives like Leaders of Tomorrow, which celebrates milestones of India’s Small & Medium Enterprises; pioneering spirit – stories of grit and gumption of entrepreneurs, etc.
As another step in that direction, ET Now is launching ICICI Lombard India Risk Manager Awards.
ICICI Lombard India Risk Manager Awards seeks to recognize those individuals, organizations and teams that have significantly added to the understanding and practice of risk management. The awards are an opportunity for companies and organizations such as yours to gain recognition for their achievements, to network with fellow professionals, and to celebrate the benefits of risk management.
In this newly instituted property, companies from all verticals can apply and stand a chance to get recognized for exemplary work in risk management space. In case you are interested in participating in the awards you may nominate your company by registering at www.irmawards.com
The last date of sending your entry is 10th Feb 2014. You can also participate in multiple award categories.
The award will be held in the second week of March 2014 in Mumbai.
For any further clarifications, you can contact Mr. Sumit Sinha, Editor & Content Head, Avenues ET Now, Tel: +91-9811433323.
With regards
Hemant Seth Additional Director & Treasurer FICCI – CMSME
Empowering MSMEs Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi 110 001 T: +91-11-23487307 F: +91-11-23320714 W: http://www.ficci-cmsme.com






Zayed Future Energy Prize 2015 Submissions Open Today

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Annual US$4 million prize rewards individuals, organisations and schools making a positive impact in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability
Delhi, 4 February, 2014 – Submissions and nominations for the 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize opened today. The Prize, an annual US$4 million award, recognises individuals, organisations and schools who have made significant strides to advance the fields of renewable energy and sustainability
Submissions will open globally across five categories: Large Corporation, Small and Medium Enterprise (SME), Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Lifetime Achievement and Global High Schools. In the Lifetime Achievement category, nominations will also be accepted.
Submissions and nominations are accepted online at: www.ZayedFutureEnergyPrize.com.
“Throughout history, prizes have proven to be a mechanism to encourage innovation,” said His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, director general of the Zayed Future Energy Prize. “The Zayed Future Energy Prize is a commitment by the UAE’s government to incentivise people, organisations and schools to tackle today’s pressing energy and sustainability challenges.
“The world needs viable solutions that address issues such as energy access and sustainable development,” added Dr. Al Jaber. “And now in its seventh year, we are proud of the impact the Prize is delivering. From electrifying rural villages in Africa to accelerating to market energy-efficiency technologies, our winners and finalists are leaving a positive mark on the world. ”
The Zayed Future Energy Prize has awarded 30 winners across six continents and impacted millions of lives. Over the years, Prize winners have trained thousands of women as green technicians; delivered solar home systems to millions in Bangladesh; created access to safe drinking water to millions in Africa; and funded university scholarship to students around the world.
Winners of the 2014 Zayed Future Energy Prize, announced 20 January, include ABB, Abellon CleanEnergy, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Wang Chuanfu, the founder and chairman of BYD Co Ltd, the Chinese auto and battery maker, and five high schools from across the globe.
Submissions and nominations will close on 14 July, 2014.






‘Governing South Asia’s Forests:

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Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
cordially invites you to a Public Lecture
(in the ‘Science, Society and Nature’ series)
at 3.00 pm on Wednesday, 5 February, 2014
in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building
on
Governing South Asia’s Forests:
Does women’s presence make a difference?’
 
by
Prof. Bina Agarwal,
University  of Manchester, UK
and Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
Abstract:
Forests in South Asia are largely state owned but a fair proportion are community governed. Women’s presence, however, has been sparse in community institutions involved in such governance, and most research on gender and forest governance has focused on women’s absence. This presentation reverses that focus to ask: what if women were present in these institutions? Would that affect the decisions made and conservation outcomes? These questions remain largely unaddressed, despite the substantial work on women’s representation in public bodies and on local environmental governance. Exploring the history of women’s absence, the speaker will then focus on the impact of their presence, using her primary data on communities managing local forests in India and Nepal to provide some answers.
 
Speaker:
Prof. Bina Agarwal is Professor of Development Economics and Environment, University of Manchester. She has been Director of the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, and President of the International Society for Ecological Economics. She is also a member of the Future Earth Science Committee. Her nine books include the award-winning—A Field of One’s Own (Cambridge University Press)—and Gender and Green Governance (Oxford University Press, OUP). A three-volume compendium of her selected papers is also forthcoming from OUP.  She holds honorary doctorates from ISS, The Hague, and the University of Antwerp. In 2008, she received a Padma Shri, and in 2010 the Leontief Prize from Tufts University “for broadening the frontiers of economic thought”. See also www.binaagarwal.com






Reconsidering ethnic boundaries in Northeast India’

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Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
cordially invites you to a Conference
 
 
at 9.00 a.m. on Thursday-Friday, 6-7 February 2014
in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building
on
‘Diversities and Connections:
Reconsidering ethnic boundaries in Northeast India’
 
 
in association with
Dr. Meenaxi Barkataki-Ruscheweyh,
University of Gottingen, Germany,
Dr. Philippe Ramirez,
National Centre for Scientific Research, France and
Prof. Tanka Subba,
Sikkim University, Gangtok.
 
 
 
Programme Schedule:                              Thursday, 6 February 2014
 
 
 
9.00 a.m. –   9.05 a.m.
Welcome:
 
 
Introduction:
9.05 a.m. –   9.30 a.m.Prof.  Mahesh Rangarajan,
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library,
New    Delhi
 
Dr. Philippe  Ramirez,
National Centre for Scientific Research,
France
Inaugural  address:
9.30 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.
 
 Prof. George Van  Driem,
University of Bern, Switzerland
‘Ethnogenesis in Northeast   India’
 
 
 
10.30 a.m.-10.45  a.m.
Tea
 
 
10.45 a.m.- 12.30  a.m.
 
Session 1
 
 
 
Chair:
 
Prof. A. C. Bhagabati,
Indira Gandhi  National Centre for Arts,
Northeastern  Regional Centre,
Guwahati
 
 
Speakers:Ms. Nasrin Siraj Annie,
Jahangir Nagar   University, Sarvar,
Bangladesh
‘“This  is (not) a love story” :
Mixed,  conviviality and intercommunity relations in the Chittagong  hill tracts in Bangladesh’
(in collaboration with Dr. Ellen Bal, Un.  Amsterdam)
 
 
Ms. Rashmi Upadhyay,
North Eastern Hill University,  Shillong
‘Migration and Assimilation:
A study of the Nepalese migrant workers in the coal mines of Jaintia  Hills, Meghalaya’
 
 
Discussant:Prof. A. C. Sinha,
Affiliate Fellow, NMML
 
 
12.30 p.m.–1.30 p.m.
 
Lunch
 
 
1.30 p.m.–3.00 p.m.
 
                                          Session  2
 
Chair:
 
Dr. Vibha Arora,
Indian  Institute of Technology,
Delhi.
 
Speakers:
 
Mr.  Sean Dowdy,
University of    Chicago,   USA.
‘Icthyonomics or Fish in the Time of Floods:
Rethinking multiplicity in lowland Assam’
 
 
Mr.  Jelle Wouters,
Sikkim  University, Gangtok
‘Exploring “Pre-Ethnic” and ”Trans-ethnic” Identities in Eastern Nagaland’
 
 
 
Discussant:Dr. Philippe  Ramirez,
National Centre for Scientific Research,
France
 
3.00 p.m. – 3.15 p.m.
Tea
 
3.15 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Session 3
 
Chair:
 
Prof. Bengt  Karlsson,
Stockholm University,
Sweden
 
 
Speaker:
(Lead Paper)
Prof. Subhadra Channa,
University of Delhi, Delhi
‘State Control,  Political Manipulations and the Creation of Identities’
 
 
 
 
Friday, 7 February 2014
 
9.00 a.m. -11.00 a.m.
Session 4
Chair:Prof. Sanjoy  Hazarika,
Jamia Milia Islamia,
New Delhi
 
 
 
Speakers:
(Lead Papers)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prof. A. C. Bhagabati,
Indira Gandhi  National Centre for Arts,
Northeastern  Regional Centre, Guwahati
‘Reflections on Ethnic Boundaries in Northeast India’
 
 
Prof. Bengt  Karlsson,
Stockholm University, Sweden
‘Migration and  Belonging:
Northeasterners  in South India’
 
 
11.00 a.m.-11.15 a.m.
Tea
 
 
11.15 a.m. -1.00 p.m.
Session 5
 
Chair:Dr. Rana Behal,
University of Delhi,
Delhi
 
Speakers:Dr.  Charisma Lepcha,
North  Eastern Hill University,
Shillong
‘The Significance and Celebration of Khada in Sikkim’
 
 
Mr. Iftiqar Rahman,
Gauhati University,
Guwahati
‘A Comparative look at Three Ethnic Communities  of Arunachal Pradesh’

Discussant:Dr.  Meenaxi-Barkataki Ruscheweyh
University of Gottingen,
Germany
 
1.00 pm – 1.45 p.m.
Lunch
 
 
1.45 p.m. -2.30 p.m.
 
Session 6
Speaker:Dr. Philippe Ramirez,
National Centre for Scientific Research,
France
Presentation  of New Book:
People of the Margins:
Across Ethnic  boundaries in Northeast India’
 
 
2.30 p.m.-2.45 p.m.
Tea
 
 
2.45 p.m. -4.30 p.m.
Session  7
 
 
Round-table:
 
 
 
 
Speakers:
Initiated  by Dr. Philippe Ramirez,
National Centre for Scientific Research,
France
 
 
Prof.  A.C. Bhagabati,
IGNCA, NE Regional Centre,
Guwahati,
Dr.  Anungla Aier,
Nagaland University, Kohima
 
Mr. D. S. Teron,
Assam University,
Diphu  Campus.
Mr. Paim Thee  Gohain,
Writer,  Freelance Journalist,
Mr. Banwang Losu,
Freelance  Journalist,
Arunachal  Pradesh.
 
4.30 p.m. -4.45 p.m.Conclusion
 
All are welcome.
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Snap Shots at Press Conferences in New Delhi

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Kofi Annan to travel to India on high level visit from 5 – 9 February 2014

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Geneva Kofi Annan, founding chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former Secretary General of the United Nations, will today travel to India to deliver the inaugural address at the 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit. Mr Annan will also meet the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, to exchange views on political and economic developments in the region, climate change and opportunities for south – south cooperation.
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Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
cordially invites you to a Conference
 
 
at 9.00 a.m. on Thursday-Friday, 6-7 February 2014
in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building
on
 
‘Diversities and Connections:
Reconsidering ethnic boundaries in Northeast India’
 
 
in association with
Dr. Meenaxi Barkataki-Ruscheweyh,
University of Gottingen, Germany,
Dr. Philippe Ramirez,
National Centre for Scientific Research, France and
Prof. Tanka Subba,
Sikkim University, Gangtok.
 
 
 
Programme Schedule:                              Thursday, 6 February 2014
 
 
 
9.00 a.m. – 9.05 a.m.
Welcome:
 
 
Introduction:
9.05 a.m. – 9.30 a.m.
Prof. Mahesh Rangarajan,
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library,
New Delhi
 
Dr. Philippe Ramirez,
National Centre for Scientific Research,
France
 
 
Inaugural address:
9.30 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.
 
 
Prof. George Van Driem,
University of Bern, Switzerland
‘Ethnogenesis in Northeast India’
 
 
 
10.30 a.m.-10.45 a.m.
Tea
 
 
10.45 a.m.- 12.30 a.m.
 
Session 1
 
 
 
Chair:
 
Prof. A. C. Bhagabati,
Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts,
Northeastern Regional Centre,
Guwahati
 
 
Speakers:
Ms. Nasrin Siraj Annie,
Jahangir Nagar University, Sarvar,
Bangladesh
‘“This is (not) a love story” :
Mixed, conviviality and intercommunity relations in the Chittagong hill tracts in Bangladesh’
(in collaboration with Dr. Ellen Bal, Un. Amsterdam)
 
 
Ms. Rashmi Upadhyay,
North Eastern Hill University, Shillong
‘Migration and Assimilation:
A study of the Nepalese migrant workers in the coal mines of Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya’
 
 
Discussant:
Prof. A. C. Sinha,
Affiliate Fellow, NMML
 
 
12.30 p.m.–1.30 p.m.
 
Lunch
 
 
1.30 p.m.–3.00 p.m.
 
                                          Session 2
 
Chair:
 
Dr. Vibha Arora,
Indian Institute of Technology,
Delhi.
 
Speakers:
 
Mr. Sean Dowdy,
University of Chicago, USA.
‘Icthyonomics or Fish in the Time of Floods:
Rethinking multiplicity in lowland Assam’
 
 
Mr. Jelle Wouters,
Sikkim University, Gangtok
‘Exploring “Pre-Ethnic” and
”Trans-ethnic” Identities in Eastern Nagaland’
 
 
 
Discussant:
Dr. Philippe Ramirez,
National Centre for Scientific Research,
France
 
 
3.00 p.m. – 3.15 p.m.
Tea
 
3.15 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Session 3
 
Chair:
 
Prof. Bengt Karlsson,
Stockholm University,
Sweden
 
 
Speaker:
(Lead Paper)
Prof. Subhadra Channa,
University of Delhi, Delhi
‘State Control, Political Manipulations and the Creation of Identities’
 
 
 
 
Friday, 7 February 2014
 
9.00 a.m. -11.00 a.m.
Session 4
 
 
Chair:
Prof. Sanjoy Hazarika,
Jamia Milia Islamia,
New Delhi
 
 
 
Speakers:
(Lead Papers)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prof. A. C. Bhagabati,
Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts,
Northeastern Regional Centre, Guwahati
‘Reflections on Ethnic Boundaries in Northeast India’
 
 
Prof. Bengt Karlsson,
Stockholm University, Sweden
‘Migration and Belonging:
Northeasterners in South India’
 
 
11.00 a.m.-11.15 a.m.
Tea
 
 
11.15 a.m. -1.00 p.m.
Session 5
 
Chair:
Dr. Rana Behal,
University of Delhi,
Delhi
 
 
Speakers:
Dr. Charisma Lepcha,
North Eastern Hill University,
Shillong
‘The Significance and Celebration of Khada in Sikkim’
 
 
Mr. Iftiqar Rahman,
Gauhati University,
Guwahati
‘A Comparative look at Three Ethnic Communities of Arunachal Pradesh’
 
 
Discussant:
Dr. Meenaxi-Barkataki Ruscheweyh
University of Gottingen,
Germany
 
1.00 pm – 1.45 p.m.
Lunch
 
 
1.45 p.m. -2.30 p.m.
 
Session 6
Speaker:
Dr. Philippe Ramirez,
National Centre for Scientific Research,
France
Presentation of New Book:
People of the Margins:
Across Ethnic boundaries in Northeast India’
 
 
2.30 p.m.-2.45 p.m.
Tea
 
 
2.45 p.m. -4.30 p.m.
Session 7
 
 
Round-table:
 
 
 
 
Speakers:
Initiated by Dr. Philippe Ramirez,
National Centre for Scientific Research,
France
 
 
Prof. A.C. Bhagabati,
IGNCA, NE Regional Centre,
Guwahati,
 
Dr. Anungla Aier,
Nagaland University, Kohima
 
Mr. D. S. Teron,
Assam University,
Diphu Campus.
 
Mr. Paim Thee Gohain,
Writer, Freelance Journalist,
 
Mr. Banwang Losu,
Freelance Journalist,
Arunachal Pradesh.
 
 
4.30 p.m. -4.45 p.m.
Conclusion
 
 
 
All are welcome.
Those wishing to have their names added to the email list may please email us at nmmldirector@gmail.com

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